Technique sleep to save 20 years of life
We spend about one third of our lives sleeping, this is an average of 25 years. This article is written for those who do not want to spend so many years to sleep. Everyone knows that our entire body needs recovery and rest, moreover, according to some researchers, sleep can help our brain to be cleansed from various toxins.
For the most part, people are sleeping 7-8 hours every night. However, there are those who sleep 2 times a day at night for about 5-6 hours and day of 30-90 minutes. It is mostly students and residents of Latin American countries.
Moreover, the history knows cases when people have reduced their daily amount of sleep to 2 hours before going to bed several times a day for a short time. In theory, such a sleep mode can save us about 20 years of life to wakefulness.
Before we move on to the story of those who managed to experience all the benefits of polyphasic sleep, we would like to warn the readers (bringing words Goal Bianchi — Director of the Department of sleep disorders from the Massachusetts clinic) that everyone’s body is different, and for one person polyphasic sleep can be a godsend, and the other a disaster in which people can just fall asleep at the wheel, for example.
If you decide to experience polyphasic sleep, we highly recommend some time to give up driving, management, heavy equipment, making important decisions. Refrain from these activities until you determine how many hours you are able to reduce the time for your sleep.
Famous personalities who practiced polyphasic sleep
Rumor has it that the sleep mode has chosen for himself, Leonardo Da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison. But the first documented reference to the architect, inventor and philosopher Buckminster fuller. In the mid 1900-ies fuller experimented on sleep, and the new, he developed a mode called «Dymaxion». According to this technique of the dream, one must sleep for half an hour every 6:00, the result is about 2 hours a day. All his experiences and experiments he described in his book, which enjoyed wild popularity. Fuller was able to fall asleep within 30 seconds, which amazed absolutely everyone. However, after some time, he returned to monophasic sleep because of dissatisfaction with his wife. But the idea of polyphasic sleep were not killed, and found a large number of followers and supporters.
Already in the 80-ies of the polyphasic sleep began to study neurologist Claudio Stumpy, looking at your friends of the sailors who slept in fits and starts, without compromising health and without any side effects. Stumpy experimented on Swiss actor Francesco Jost, trying to accustom him to the polyphasic sleep for 49 days. At the beginning of the body of the actor was shocked, but then his mental state and concentration returned to normal, although to Wake up, sometimes, it was difficult. So, with minimal side effects, Jost was able to shorten their sleep to 5 hours. But this data is only for the short-term experiment, as in the long time experiment was conducted.
To this day people do not leave hope to learn polyphasic sleep. So, the woman under the name of PureDoxyk has introduced its sleep technique called «Ubermen». It consists of 6 phases of sleep of 30 minutes: 14:00, 18:00, 22:00, at 2:00, 6:00 and 10:00. As a whole it turns out about 3 hours of sleep a night. Steve Pavlina, an expert on personal development, has successfully mastered this technique and achieved good results. And, surprisingly, the main problem in his opinion, has become boring and not insomnia or loss of concentration, as everyone expected. And again, he returned to monophasic sleep mode because I wanted to spend more time with his family.
In addition to the technique of «Ubermen», PureDoxyk has developed another «Everyman», which, according to her, allowed her to spend more time with her daughter, hobby and self-education.
The scientific response to polyphasic sleep
There are many theories that suggest that polyphasic sleep is more natural for man, and in the report of the scientific publication Journal of Sleep Research in 2007 stated that many animals is characterized by a short sleep several times a day, and, most likely, the person lived in the same sleep mode in ancient times.
According to the research, sleeping the greater part of humanity lasts several hours and consists of periods of sleep alternating slow (about 90 minutes) and short segments of REM sleep. It is believed that the different phases of our sleep have different restorative effect on our body. This begs the question — does a man who practices polyphasic sleep, the required amount of «REM sleep» and gets it at all. Some users claim that in the regime of polyphasic sleep, the body enters REM sleep much faster. And Stumpy noticed it in practice — brain, Jost went into REM sleep almost instantly. He came to the conclusion that in the conditions of lack of sleep, the human body adapts and gets used to recuperate in significantly less time. Other fans of polyphasic sleep argue that REM sleep is not a necessity.
According to numerous studies, if the human body suffers from a lack of sleep, in General, not due to the lack of it slow or fast sleep. However, according to other studies, fast sleep affects emotional state, memory, ability to learn, but people can live without it. Moreover, it is still not known as polyphasic sleep affects human health, if he was doing all his life. Genetics often dictate the ability or inability to comply with polyphasic sleep. It is known that 1-3% of the population of our planet requires a brief sleep. This ability is due to a gene that has mutated — DEC2. Some of the fans of polyphasic sleep claims that with this technology it is possible to convince your brain that you treat this small percentage of people.
Recently there was an opening — even before electricity was invented, people went to bed 2 times a day: after sunset and slept until midnight, then got up for a few hours and again went to sleep until morning. But the amount of hours spent on sleep, still amounted to about 7-8 hours. Who knows, there is a possibility that in the future we will return to this sleep mode.